Redcatch Community Garden officially opened on Saturday – with a launch party to celebrate how far it has come in just eight months.
The garden – on the site of the disused bowling green in Redcatch Park – started as a seed of an idea from Knowle West gardener Steve Griffiths earlier this year. Together with his friend Mike Cardwell and a group of volunteers – they have created a thriving project.
Roots Café is now open serving teas, coffees and cakes to customers who can come and sit in the garden – and there are plans to sell food made from fruit and vegetables grown on site. There’s a room for education courses, a polytunnel and produce and plants are sold at the garden six days a week.
Steve says: “We wanted to say a big thank you to all our funders and volunteers that have supported us. We are officially open now…The event has gone really well, a lot of people and their families have turned up – and people keep on coming.”
Chair of Friends of Redcatch Park and former Lady Mayoress Sue Davies cut the ribbon to declare the garden open. Visitors were able to buy produce, eat food from vegetables produced on site and take part in activities such as apple pressing, willow weaving and wood turning.
With music, facepainting and the chance to buy locally brewed beer and home-made gin as well as chutneys and jams – people came in their droves to enjoy the day.
Volunteer Tina Badley said: “I’ve been on the committee since it started – it’s only really been about eight months and everything has just grown from there…
“The café opening was the main thing and we’ve had really good feedback from the community about it, they can sit in the garden and hang out. There’s no covered space for when it’s raining at the moment but we are hoping to get a pagoda.
“We’ve also got courses started in the container and are running happiness and wellbeing workshops on Friday mornings…”
Hannah Mactaggart (28) came to the event with her husband Rory and eight-month-old son Rex.
She said: “I come to the park quite a lot with my son and we’ve made a donation to the garden. I think it’s great because apart from this there’s nothing in this park. I like the idea of the veg growing and they’re going to be doing adult education classes as well. I want to learn some gardening skills as I’m quite new to that.”
Redcatch Community Garden and café are open 9-4pm from Monday to Saturday. Facebook @redcatchcommunitygarden